Materials: Preview texture

Piczle Colors was in need of a material that dynamically built a texture for the puzzle "solution reveal", considering there was an option that players could unlock to play randomly generated puzzles. What this post is not about is how I achieved this in Piczle Colors because, lordy...that was...special. I dread to even think about … Continue reading Materials: Preview texture

Materials: Clue numbers

For a change I thought I'd write about a hypothetical, and one of the things I usually do to avoid extra work. Or rather, not just to avoid extra work but to keep it easy to change things on a whim. Let's create a texture for Piczle Cross clue numbers with the minimum amount of … Continue reading Materials: Clue numbers

Further tips for working in Unreal Engine 4

Following on from a previous post that gave some tips on working in UE4 I thought I'd expand a little with a few more tips and tricks. Especially with the recent announcement of UE5 and a new royalty scheme, Unreal Engine is looking more and more like the go-to engine for gamedevs! Everybody has their … Continue reading Further tips for working in Unreal Engine 4

Creating patches (v.1.0.1)

Though every attempt is made to ensure a game is as bug-free on release as possible, it is almost guaranteed some errors will slip through the net. Testing by various parties, myself, QA teams, publishers and eventually users will throw up all manner of little quirks nobody else had noticed. Luckily in these days of … Continue reading Creating patches (v.1.0.1)

Piczle Cross Adventure post-mortem

After every project is "finished", so far as they ever are, I like to look back on the development process and see what I learned, what mistakes I made and what I did well. Though Piczle Cross Adventure has barely been released I thought I'd do a post-mortem on it already, even though at this … Continue reading Piczle Cross Adventure post-mortem

BluePrints: dynamic button graphics

Future-planning when I make my projects mostly revolves around doing a little work right off the bat to avoid tedious work later on. One example I'll give here is for those little buttons you see in the margins of the game that tell you what buttons do what. You'll have seen them in Piczle games. … Continue reading BluePrints: dynamic button graphics

BluePrints: Steamworks

I shan't delve into the details of Steamworks itself too much. Anybody with a desire to develop and a spare (recoupable) $100 can get access to Steamworks and its API and documentation. In this post specifically I'll write a little about integrating it into UE4 (sort of) and adding Steam achievements to Piczle Cross Adventure. … Continue reading BluePrints: Steamworks

BluePrints: Mouse input overlay

Piczle Cross Adventure was initially mainly designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch. I baked in a few extras to make porting to other consoles potentially a lot easier, and because of the size of the largest puzzles I also made a decision to not use touch input. A big headache in Piczle Colors was developing … Continue reading BluePrints: Mouse input overlay

Blueprints: Quick reflex input

One of the many reasons I decided to include a fishing mini-game, aside from it being required by law in any RPG-like adventure game, was to challenge myself on a few new scripting issues. Both the casting off and the reeling in require the player to press A when a pointer moves over a specific … Continue reading Blueprints: Quick reflex input